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Thin Lips

 

Solutions for a Fuller Pout in Albuquerque, NM

Volbella® | Juvederm® Ultra & Ultra Plus

 
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We can't all be Angelina Jolie (are those things even real?), but here at Western Dermatology Consultants, we have a couple of filler options for lip injections that can go a long way in helping you get fuller lips! Our lip injections are effective on people with naturally thin lips in Albuquerque or surrounding areas. We also provide treatments for people who want to add a little extra oomph to lips that are normal sized or even already naturally plump, as well as those whose lips have started thinning as the years go by.

Schedule an appointment with us to find out more about treatments for thin lips at Albuquerque's Western Dermatology. You can also call us at 505-855-9267.

What Causes Thin Lips?

Some people naturally have thin lips from birth because of their genetics and DNA. Thin lips may also be a result of aging and skin damage. Volume loss in the skin—including the lips—is an inevitable part of the aging process and can be accelerated by the desert climate in and around Albuquerque.

Over time, and with cumulative exposure to harsh environmental factors such as UV rays and pollution, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen (two fundamental building blocks of our skin) dramatically slows down. Additionally, fat pads start to break down underneath the surface.

As a result of all of these factors, we gradually lose the volume that gives our lips fullness, elasticity, and definition, which can lead to deflated or thin lips and a loss of lip border definition. It can also contribute to other conditions: unwanted lines, wrinkles, and folds, such as parentheses lines or nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the mouth, as well as vertical lines extending outward from the lips. These lip lines can be made even more pronounced by actions such as using a straw to sip on a drink or smoking a cigarette.

Can You Prevent or Reverse Thin Lips?

Although it isn’t fully possible to prevent volume loss in the lips, you can learn about and avoid activities that contribute to their thinning. Use lip balm constantly to prevent dehydration and chapping, avoid mouth movements that speed up collagen loss, stay hydrated, and use lip products that contain sunscreen with an adequate SPF.

Which Treatment Options Are Available for Thin Lips?

To boost volume and enhance definition, we use hyaluronic acid facial fillers including Juvederm® Ultra and Volbella® for lip injections. These are two dermal fillers in the Juvederm® line, specifically formulated by manufacturer Allergan for lip augmentation. The Allergan dermal fillers we use for lip injections have hyaluronic acid as their main ingredient. This is a naturally occurring substance that provides moisture, volume, and support where it's needed in the skin, joints, and other areas of the body. Since your skin produces less hyaluronic acid to maintain hydration as you get older, replacing it address the effects caused by its loss.

Ultra is meant to add a noticeable amount of fullness to thin lips, while Volbella® is used mainly to soften the appearance of vertical lip lines while providing a relatively subtler boost. Lines, wrinkles, and folds around the mouth may be corrected with Juvederm® Ultra and Ultra Plus.

What is the Experience Like for Treating Thin Lips?

Treatments for thin lips generally don’t cause much discomfort and are simple and straightforward. Juvederm® fillers labelled with an "XC" contain lidocaine, a pain-relieving agent that reduces discomfort both during and after lip injections.

Icing or application of a topical numbing agent before lip injections can be provided to further minimize any discomfort, but the treatment sessions are quick (many patients have them performed during a lunch break!) and require little to no downtime.

A quick visit to The Spa @ Western Dermatology Consultants can give thin lips a safe and long-lasting boost by rounding them out with a simple treatment session involving lip injections, the results for which can last up to a year. Since the hyaluronic acid in our fillers is formulated to be nearly identical to that naturally produced in our bodies, there is little chance of an adverse reaction.

Making thin lips plumper really can be that easy, and lip injections can be performed as often as needed to maintain a luscious look, whether you're reclaiming a youthful roundness or experiencing what it feels and looks like for the first time.

If you're ready to get a plumper, poutier, and sexier appearance for your thin lips, contact our Albuquerque-based practice online or at 505-855-9267 to schedule an appointment for lip injections—we'd love to help!